50 years in the Newling Ward Family: 1965-2015

Fishpool Street St Albans Hertfordshire AL3 4RY UK
01727 864 444

St Michael's Manor Hotel History

St. Michael's Manor has been owned by the Newling Ward family since 1965 and during this time has been run by grandfather, father and son. The current General Manager, Julian Tee, joined the team in November 2014, bringing a wealth of experience from the hotel industry.

Located in the historic St Michael's district of St. Alban's, close to Veralum, with its 70 listed buildings, old inns and mills, the hotel settles within five acres of its own manicured gardens and backs on to the river Ver - the origin of the Roman name for St Alban's - and Verulamium Park. The park continues up to the magnificent Abbey and is only a ten minute walk from the hotel.

There is evidence of a house on the site even before 1530, which was probably laid on medieval foundations and traced back to the 11th century. Parts of an original floor and path are still evident in the cellars today and are possibly even earlier. The current manor house was built by John Gape in 1585, a well respected Tanner and prominent figure in the city, and continued to be owned by his descendants up until it was purchased by the Newling Ward family in the 1960's.

Since then the family has taken pride in sympathetically restoring, renovating and improving the house and gardens to the highest standard.

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